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From: Marc Thomas
Hi Trek TV Friends, While re-watching these TNGs for TTV I skipped "Shades of Grey" still disappointed that they concluded Season Two that way. A clip show. Can you imagine how pissed I was in 1988? This is the first time I've seen Picard's 'Trek' episodes since they were new. Like those of you in the podcast crew, I was, once long ago, struck by the horrible disfigurement time had imposed upon actress Diana Muldaur since her days as a TOS hottie. Of course from our current temporal vantage point, Mister Locke and I are a tad past the age of Pollaski in season two. If if wasn't for the mullet she'd look great. Marina Sirtis looks better now than she did then simply by having ditched that big '80's hair. "All business up front, party in the back." was the mullets pitch. It really was the defining trial of my generation, like Viet Nam for the American boomers. Thankfully, none of the dude cast memebers rocked that look and why should they have (?) Patty Stu made hair irrelevant to masculine aethetic appeal ever after anyway which sucked hardcore for shaggy fucks like me. Mister Locke wins again. It was an interesting experiment to have a Lady Grinch replace Crusher but I think it was the regional inversion more than the gender flip which made her so unlikable to viewers. While equally cantankerous, McCoy's 'old country Doctor' shtick was perceived by many as charming, whereas Muldaur's haughty trans-Atlantic spin on the character lacked the warmth of the former. They should have made Polaski a Vulcan. Her cool elitism would have worked better with pointed ears. "Welcome back Crusher." That's what I remember thinking in 1989. Also "Goodbye, Berlin Wall." as my dreams of an international workers paradise crumbled into rubble. By the way, I noticed some different artistic choises being made in the editing of the show and wondered if Vaughn was habitially vaping THC like me. Then we all learned that Jared had been splicing the reels of late. Nice work young man. Stay shaggy and just say "no" Not a role model, just a causionary example, Marc